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Class Attendance

Class Attendance
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Students are expected to attend all scheduled sections of the courses in which they have enrolled. Non-attendance does not constitute a course drop. Students are responsible for monitoring their class schedule on Quest for any changes.

On occasion there may be extremely strong demand for a particular course. At the discretion of the department or instructor, the following policy may then be enforced.

Students who do not attend class during the first week of term may be removed from the class and replaced by students from a waiting list maintained by the course instructor, unless they have justified their absence through the following procedures:

  • Students who know that they cannot be present during the first week of class for a legitimate reason (such as a family problem, personal or health matter, or unavoidable work situation) must inform the professor, either directly or through the departmental secretary, by telephone or email during regular business hours, before the start of the first class.
  • A legitimate emergency may make the above impossible. Students wishing to retain their place must inform the professor as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of the first class of the second week of term.

Students may be required to present documentation confirming the reasons for non-attendance. Students who are removed from a class in accordance with this policy will be notified by the Registrar's Office.


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